Adrienne Ames

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Adrienne Ames
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Ruth Adrienne McClure

(1907-08-03)August 3, 1907
DiedMay 31, 1947(1947-05-31) (aged 39)
Other namesAdrienne Truex
Adrianne Ames
Years active1927–1940
Deward Truax
(m. 1920; div. 1924)

Stephen Ames
(m. 1929; div. 1933)

(m. 1933; div. 1935)

Adrienne Ames (born Ruth Adrienne McClure;[1] August 3, 1907 – May 31, 1947) was an American film actress. Early in her career she was known as Adrienne Truex.[2][3]

Early years[edit]

Ames was born in Fort Worth, Texas, one of six children of Samuel Hugh McClure and Flora Parthenia (née Potter) McClure.



From the trailer for Woman Wanted (1935)

Ames began her film career in 1927 as a stand-in for Pola Negri.[4] Ames was soon cast in small film roles in silent films. With the advent of talking pictures, Ames' popularity grew and she was usually cast as society women, or in musicals. She made thirty films during the 1930s with her biggest success in George White's Scandals (1934). She appeared with the three leading men from the 1931 version of Dracula (Bela Lugosi, David Manners, and Edward Van Sloan) in The Death Kiss (1932).


Ames left Hollywood for New York. In 1941, she was host of two talk shows on station WHN in New York City.[5] Her schedule included broadcasts at noon and 3:30 p.m. six days a week and 7:30 p.m. broadcasts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.[6] She continued broadcasting until two weeks before her death in 1947.[5]


In December 1941, Ames began a weekly series of movie-review programs on WNBT in New York City. The 10-minute programs ran on Tuesday afternoons.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Ames was married three times. In 1920, while still a teenager, she married Derward Dumont Truax, who was the son of an oil man. They had a daughter, and they divorced in 1924.[8] A later marriage to broker Stephen Ames ended in divorce on October 30, 1933.[9] Her last marriage, on October 31, 1933, was to fellow actor Bruce Cabot; they divorced on July 24, 1935.[10]


Ames died of cancer on May 31, 1947, in New York City, aged 39.[11] She is interred in the Oakwood Cemetery in her hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.[12]

For her contributions to the film industry, Ames has a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1612 Vine Street. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1929 Sally Bit Part Uncredited
1931 The Road to Reno Unhappy Divorcee Uncredited
1931 24 Hours Ruby Wintryingham
1931 Girls About Town Anne
1931 Working Girls Bit Uncredited
1931 Husband's Holiday Myrtle
1932 Two Kinds of Women Jean Mars Uncredited
1932 Sinners in the Sun Claire Kinkaid
1932 Merrily We Go to Hell Claire Hempstead
1932 Guilty as Hell Vera Marsh
1932 The Death Kiss Marcia Lane
1933 From Hell to Heaven Joan Burt
1933 Broadway Bad Aileen
1933 A Bedtime Story Paulette
1933 Disgraced! Julia Thorndyke
1933 The Avenger Ruth Knowles
1934 George White's Scandals Barbara Loraine
1934 You're Telling Me! Princess Lescaboura
1934 The Old Fashioned Way Girl in audience Uncredited
1935 Gigolette Kay Parrish
1935 Black Sheep Mrs. Millicent Caldwell Bath
1935 Woman Wanted Betty Randolph
1935 Ladies Love Danger Adele Michel
1935 Abdul the Damned Therese Alder
1935 Harmony Lane Jane McDowell
1938 City Girl Vivian Ross Uncredited
1938 Fugitives for a Night Eileen Baker Credited as Adrianne Ames
1938 Slander House Helen 'Mme. Helene' Smith
1939 Panama Patrol Lia Maing
1939 The Zero Hour Susan
1940 I Take This Woman Lola Estermonte Scenes cut


  1. ^ Room, Adrian (2010). Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins, 5th ed. McFarland. p. 25. ISBN 9780786457632. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  2. ^ St. John-Brenon, Aileen (July 1927). "Manhattan Medley". Picture Play. XXVI (5): 26–27. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  3. ^ Thirer, Irene (March 5, 1927). "Kane Throws a Party for Film and Actress". Daily News. New York, New York City. p. 106. Retrieved August 14, 2018 – via open access
  4. ^ Kear, Lynn; Rossman, John (2008). The Complete Kay Francis Career Record: All Film, Stage, Radio and Television Appearances. McFarland. p. 237. ISBN 9781476602875. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Ex-Actress Adrienne Ames Of Movies Dies of Cancer". The Pittsburgh Press. Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh. United Press. June 1, 1947. p. 2. Retrieved August 11, 2018 – via open access
  6. ^ "Adrienne Ames Labors Long For Radio". Democrat and Chronicle. New York, Rochester. Associated Press. November 19, 1942. p. 57. Retrieved August 18, 2018 – via open access
  7. ^ "(untitled brief)" (PDF). Broadcasting. December 8, 1941. p. 51. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  8. ^ Wagner, Laura (Spring 2017). "Adrienne Ames: Disgusted with Hollywood". Films of the Golden Age (88): 48–49.
  9. ^ "Adrienne Ames Obtains Divorce from Bruce Cabot". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri, St. Louis. July 25, 1935. p. 11. Retrieved August 11, 2018 – via open access
  10. ^ "Adrienne Ames Given Divorce". The Des Moines Register. Iowa, Des Moines. Associated Press. July 25, 1935. p. 13. Retrieved August 11, 2018 – via open access
  11. ^ "Cancer Claims Adrienne Ames". Argus-Leader. South Dakota, Sioux Falls. Associated Press. June 1, 1947. p. 2. Retrieved August 11, 2018 – via open access
  12. ^ Harrison, Margaret W. (1970). The story of Oakwood Cemetery. Fort Worth, TX: Oakwood Cemetery Association. OCLC 13400391.
  13. ^ "Hollywood Walk of Fame - Adrienne Ames". Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. February 8, 1960. Retrieved November 1, 2017.

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